Tuesday, June 26, 2018
In Forbes, Martin's problem with atomic energy.
In 1954, a German philosopher, Martin Heidegger, created the first and most serious philosophical case against nuclear power and for societal reliance on unreliable renewable energy sources like solar and wind in an essay, “The Question of Technology.” Heidegger condemned humankind for viewing nature as a mere resource for our consumption. The use of “modern technology,” he wrote
…puts to nature the unreasonable demand that it supply energy which can be extracted and stored as such… Air is now set upon to yield nitrogen, the earth to yield ore, ore to yield uranium…to yield atomic energy…
The solution, argued Heidegger, was to yoke society to unreliable energy flows. The “windmill does not unlock energy in order to store it,” said Heidegger. Germany becomes a threat to itself and others when this irrationalism is paired with German arrogance.
Atomkraft? Nein Gedanke!
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